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How can I work and have depression at the same time? The depression decimates my concentration to the extent that I cannot complete my work projects on time; co-workers are pulling the extra weight because my work needs to be done before they can start their parts.

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Last Updated: 12/12/2017 at 3:25am
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April 14th, 2015 8:40pm
Maintaining any type of job while struggling with depression is hard. However, your health should come before the job. The better handle you have on your illness, the better you will be able to perform at work. Also, it looks better to an employer and your co-workers if you are attempting to manage your depression so that you can get all your work done. I'm sure what you've tried so far, but a combination of talk therapy and medication tends to be depression's most effective treatment.
March 10th, 2015 6:16pm
I'm in the senior year of high school and I have depression. compared to the past years, my grades went down a lot. can not concentrate in class, I can not do the work, or be productive in the exams. my parents put a lot of pressure on me, for I finish high school. I I do not want to study and I do not want to be in class. I can not manage my life, it's all a mess.
March 10th, 2015 11:17pm
Slow your thoughts down and try to concentrate on completing small tasks at a time. Breathing exercises can be very useful as well as fish oil e.g omega three for concentration
May 5th, 2015 7:52am
Try to get a counselor for that and find what exactly is depressing you so that you can relate it with the counselor so that they can talk to you about this
June 16th, 2015 6:23pm
Hey, I know what this is like. I had to go seek help with a doctor. I was given medication for my depression.
July 20th, 2015 2:15am
That's why depression is recognized as a disability by most governments. It disables you! You basically need to get some kind of treatment (therapy and/or medication and/or fixing problems in your life that are making you depressed) or else you won't really be able to work, at least not effectively.
September 21st, 2015 3:04pm
Maybe you need to understand what makes you depressed in the first place, and try tackle that issue. I know work hours can be exhausting but make time for your needs and yourself. Then hopefully you will learn how to concentrate with your work as well.
August 9th, 2016 6:12pm
I can definitely relate to where you are right now. I want to applaud you for reaching out and admitting what's going on. It's an incredibly difficult step to own the depression that debilitates you. Continue on this path and seek guidance from those who are trained to get you through this. You can do it.
June 20th, 2017 5:45pm
I think it is really important to talk to people around you when you are struggling with depression. Including co workers and senior members of staff can enable you to stay in employment by making changes based in what is going on for you at the time.
December 12th, 2017 3:25am
work on one thing at a time and make sure to talk about your problems to your co workers. It helps.